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Artists & Illustrators December 2017

Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

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in this issue

1 min.
paint a winter wonderland

There’s no escaping it: Christmas is coming. As this issue hits the shelves, the shops will be filling with festive paraphernalia as the dash towards the big day begins in earnest. I know I’m already wondering where I will find the time for the shopping, cooking, parties and travelling to see loved ones. It can be a frenetic season. But that doesn’t have to mean we set our art aside. Wrapped in these preparations is the opportunity to get creative, and share the results. Why not paint your own Christmas cards? Siân Dudley’s festive motifs (page 58) are great inspiration for those short on time, while Al Gury’s (page 46) and Hashim Akib’s (page 50) winter scenes would also look lovely adorning your season’s greetings. And, of course, just taking time out…

1 min.
your letters

THE MAGIC OF MATISSE Each month I like to do a painting of something I have seen in the magazine, choosing different styles and medium. Usually, I start with a quick sketch, then add colour. Above is my interpretation of the Matisse painting in the August issue (381). Jean Cooper, Dunfermline, via email Thank you for sending us your art, Jean. We’re delighted you find inspiration in these pages. THE RIGHT TOOLS There appears to be some confusion about palette knives and painting knives. It is important to know the names and uses of the tools we use or it will become very difficult to learn new techniques from magazines like yours or books. Palette knives are straight with a flat blade that is in line with the handle, and are used for mixing paint on…

1 min.
in praise of coloured pencils

I have become more aware that my medium of choice is not taken seriously. I thought it was a case of being misunderstood but appears it is dismissed without any judgement of the finished article. I recently held an Open Studio and visitors were surprised at what can be accomplished with coloured pencils. I have sold work in the UK and USA, and felt it was time to approach a gallery. Some raised eyebrows and wouldn’t consider looking. Others, although liking my work and praising me on the level I had reached, advised me to go on a painting holiday to learn how to use oil or acrylic. I find this extremely insulting. It seems that although the art world is ready for paintings created with coffee, the coloured pencil is…

2 min.
9 artistic things to do in december

1 EXPLORE MOOMINVALLEY To celebrate its Tove Jansson exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery is bringing Moominvalley to life for a weekend. Go along to A Moomin Winter’s Eve on Friday 15 December to enjoy magical tales and wisdom. There will also be food and drink, immersive workshops and performances, plus exclusive after-hours entry to the exhibition. Check the website for times. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk 2 VISIT The London Illustration Fair 2017 Illustration lovers can come face to face with their favourite artists, as well as discover new artwork at this annual, artist-led illustration, print and graphic design fair. Catch it at the Oxo Tower on London’s Southbank from Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December. www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk 3 DESIGN Print your own Christmas wrapping paper Give gifts a personal touch at this workshop from Newcastle upon Tyne’s Laing Art Gallery. Using…

5 min.

LONDON Calder on Paper: 1960-1976 Until 8 December A presentation of gouache works on paper by the American artist. Saatchi Gallery. www.saatchigallery.com Cézanne Portraits Until 11 February 2018 Track themes and methods across more than 50 likenesses by the master artist. National Portrait Gallery. www.npg.org.uk Charles II: Art & Power 8 December 2017 to 13 May 2018 Explore the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart Monarchy. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.www.royalcollection.org.uk From Life 11 December 2017 to 11 March 2018 A look at working from life throughout history, and how technology is helping artists today. Royal Academy of Arts. www.royalacademy.org.uk John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children’s Books Until 4 March 2018 Includes the illustrator’s first works for children. House of Illustration. www.houseofillustration.org.uk Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 8 November 2017…

4 min.
fresh paint

CHRISTINE WOODSIDE RSW RGI Deep tones and delicate motifs come together in Autumn Posies, Muchty, a painting inspired by a love of picking garden flowers, in particular the last posies before winter. The artist has worked in mixed media since leaving Aberdeen’s Gray’s School of Art, having also used watercolour and oil. “I love using mixed-media acrylic paint,” says Christine. “It combines well with handmade textured paper and I use buckets of clean water and let the paint flow. Often, I leave a happy accident to keep the painting fresh.” The artist created these autumnal tones with Cadmium Red and Quinacridone Burnt Orange, the latter of which is transparent and gives a rich, dark tone to the shadows. “The late summer sun and the golden harvest fields link well with the…